EA are no strangers when it comes to the somewhat unpopular online pass. If you’ve been absent from the gaming scene for the last few years, these are one-use codes bundled with new copies of selected games that usually allowing access to online multiplayer, hence barring pre-owned buyers from certain portions of their second-hand purchase.
Despite EA being seen as the frontrunner for the scheme, it’s become near enough commonplace, even in games which have little or no online connectivity whatsoever.
One such game is EA’s upcoming RPG, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, developed by 38 Studios and Big Huge Games. Those who grab a new copy of the game will have access to an exclusive quest line which is tied to the one-use code included. Though some will argue that it’s a portion of the game that has been hewn from the final product, 38 Studios boss Curt Schilling is insisting that the House of Valor quest line is day-one DLC included to reward early adopters.
SSX will also be getting the online pass treatment, with EA Sports changing up the formula somewhat. Those who pick up a second-hand copy will be able to access the game in its entirety, both online and off, including the Explore and Global Events modes.
However there is still a catch; until players activate their one-use code, any experience earned through online play won’t be wired into their virtual accounts. That said, upon activation you will be retrospectively entitled to any rewards accumulated.
Source: Game Informer